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Sep 27, 2010

30 dAyS oF cRAzY: Primal Fear

It was a wise choice casting an unknown for the part of Aaron Stampler in Primal Fear, but it was a downright genius move to have that unknown be Edward Norton. I hope that whoever made that decision won the award at that year's Casties or something, and that they get perks to this day from Ed. MovieNut14 explains why.

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I like seeing or reading debuts. Some authors (The Catcher in the Rye, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), directors (The Shawshank Redemption, Moon) and actors (To Have and Have Not, Primal Fear) seem to get off on the right foot. Then again, it isn't the case for all.

Arrogant high-powered attorney Martin Vail (Richard Gere) jumps at the chance to represent Aaron Stampler (Edward Norton), an alter boy accused of murdering the Archbishop. As Vail gets more into the case, he discovers there's more than it seems...

Much like how Vail learns more about the case, as I get more into the movie I learned more about Norton's role. When we're first introduced to Aaron, you couldn't believe that he would be responsible for such a vicious murder. But as the movie goes on, your thoughts drastically change.

The main reason for why Primal Fear hasn't slipped into obscurity is because of Norton's performance. I'm trying not to give away too much, but I can honestly say that Norton deserved the Oscar instead of Cuba Gooding, Jr.. Much more.

As for the rest of Primal Fear, it's a very good courtroom drama. Gere and Norton act alongside a good supporting cast including Laura Linney, Frances McDormand and Alfre Woodard. When it's over, expect to have your mind blown.

My Rating: ****1/2

Tomorrow: Travis takes a ride from the infamous Taxi Driver.


4 people have chosen wisely: on "30 dAyS oF cRAzY: Primal Fear"

Who Is Afraid of Alfred Hitchcock? said...

Bonjour! Fletch...

Just in time Fletch, (Posting) because I was just about to leave the Internet cafe...Now, I can comment on the review Primal Fear before I head out of the..."Internet door!

Wow! this review is...condensed, interesting, (piqued my curiosity), and I plan to throw it in my cart...aka Amazon.com.


Merci, for sharing!
DeeDee ;-D

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This movie is more than the value of a watch, thanks to the storyline and the most innovative. For once, this film does not bother me more than I could love him. Worth a lot, so give it a rest 08/10.
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kezia said...

I can sense that its a good movie.


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daphne said...

If you are trapped in a cinema with this movie, here is a safety briefing. Eat lots of popcorn to distract you, pray for it to end, and love the novel instead. Ameen.